Friday, August 14, 2015
At Russia’s Doorstep: Full-Scale War Looms in Donbass, Escalated Combat with the Support of US and British Special Forces
US and British special forces are actively preparing Kiev’s military for escalated combat. UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain will double the number of Ukrainian troops it’s training by yearend. He called conflict in Donbass “red hot” – heading toward getting hotter.
Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Contact Group envoy Vladislav Deinego said Kiev violated every Minsk ceasefire term since agreeing to observe them in February.
Conflict never stopped. Dozens of shellings occur daily – including against residential and public areas. Obama wants war, not peace – using Kiev proxies to do his dirty work.
Deinego denounced junta authorities “reluctance to bring closer the peaceful settlement of the” conflict. It authorized $250 million in extra spending for greater military buildup in Donbass despite its economy teetering toward collapse – funds desperately needed for constructive purposes earmarked for escalated war.
On August 10, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) military spokesman Eduard Basurin said
“(a)fter two hours of massive artillery preparation from large-caliber guns, Grad multiple rocket launchers, tanks and mortars near the Petrovskoye, Novaya Laspa and the Belaya Kamenka populated localities, the enemy used six armoured vehicles and six tanks to launch an offensive in the direction of Starognatovka and Belaya Kamenka.”
It was repelled, but shelling continued.
“(T)he Ukrainian military committed (more) gross violation(s) of the Minsk agreements. They knew that we had lived up to our commitment to withdraw all heavy weapons, including with a caliber under 100mm (from the disengagement line), and decided to take advantage of the situation to move deep into the DPR’s territory.”
“We are calling on the OSCE SMM and the Joint Control and Coordination Centre to carry out immediate and detailed investigation into the attack. We also want the world community to be informed about” continuing Kiev aggression.
On August 12, Russian REN TV personnel came under fire near Donetsk airport. A statement said “(t)he Ukrainian military opened fire at the REN TV crew today when our correspondents were working near the Donetsk airport, which is one of the (area’s) biggest flash points.”
“Shooting has been under way in the village of Oktyabrsky, one kilometer away from Donetsk airport, for days.” Numbers killed and wounded aren’t known.
DPR’s Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin said daily Kiev shelling risks “full-scale military action…at any moment.”
“These concerns are strengthened by military equipment drawn to the contact line by Ukrainian forces, as well as by shellings of residential areas.” Kiev ignores Minsk terms. Its actions show it wants continued war heading toward full-blown like earlier.
The reliable Colonel Cassad site lists the following major threats risking escalation:
DPR and LPR forces “were put on high alert” after Kiev forces shelled Gorlovka on August 9.
Since August 11, they’ve been using Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) – earlier just sporadically. On Tuesday night, militias responded to junta shelling.
After Donbass forces unilaterally withdrew heavy weapons near front line positions, they had to redeploy them to counter junta artillery, tanks and equipment in restricted areas attacking its cities, towns and other areas.
(J)unta (forces) officially renounced any restrictions on the withdrawal of artillery” and other heavy weapons – continuing to breach Minsk terms flagrantly.
DPR and LPR forces “are now actively strengthening their positions at the front in anticipation of (a Ukrainian) offensive.
On Wednesday, Donetsk workers “were released…early because they fear massive shelling.” DPR “is preparing bomb shelters, and notably, talking about the possibility of air strikes.”
Donbass officials say escalated fighting “can erupt at any time.” Minsk is dead.
If diplomacy can’t find a way to stop things, full-scale fighting can resume any time.
“(A)ctivity (indicates) the possibility of a return to massive bloodletting in the coming days, rather than continuation of the (April – July) trench warfare…”
With Washington and Britain readying its troops for combat, Kiev could resume full-scale aggression any time. It remains to be seen if implementation follows and when. Mass slaughter and destruction may be greater than earlier.
Credit to Global Reserch
When China went the “nuclear” (to quote SocGen) devaluation route earlier this week in a last ditch effort to rescue its export-driven economy from the perils of an increasingly painful dollar peg, everyone knew things were about to get a whole lot worse for an EM currency basket that was already reeling from plunging commodity prices, slumping Chinese demand, and the threat of an imminent Fed hike.
Sure enough, EM currencies from Brazil to South Korea plunged, and monetary authorities - unsure whether to play down the move or cry foul - scrambled to respond.
With some Asian currencies already falling to levels last seen 17 years ago, some analysts fear that an Asian Currency Crisis 2.0 may be just around the corner.
That rather dire prediction may have been validated on Friday when Malaysia’s ringgit registered its largest one-day loss in almost two decades.
As FT notes, “sentiment towards Malaysia has been damped by a range of factors including sharp falls in global energy prices since the end of June. Malaysia is a major exporter of both oil and natural gas, with crude accounting for almost a third of government revenue.” The central bank meanwhile, "has opted to step back from intervening in the market in response to the falling renminbi, unleashing pent-up downward pressure on the ringgit.” That, apparently, marks a notable change in policy. “The most immediate challenge is the limited scope of Malaysia’s central bank to step in,” WSJ says, adding that “for weeks, it tried to stem the currency’s slide, digging into its foreign-exchange reserves to prop up the ringgit and warning banks from aggressively trading against its currency."
Credit to Zero Hedge
Despite the attempts by Western media to persuade everyone to hate Russia and its policies, more and more people from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden and even the United States are starting to empathize with Donbass residents, Czech newspaper Nova Republika reported.
“And it shall come to pass on that day that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all peoples; all who bear it shall be gashed, and all the nations of the earth shall gather about it.” (Zechariah 12:3)
Former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann expressed her “excitement” over the Iran deal as a signal to the start of the End of Days. (Photo: Wiki Commons, Gage Skidmore)
In a recent radio interview, Michele Bachmann, former member of the United States House of Representatives from Minnesota, expressed her excitement over the Iran deal as a step towards the ultimate redemption.
Bachmann connected the UN Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear agreement with the fulfillment of the End of Days prophecy in Zechariah 12:3. When the UN voted unanimously on July 20th to endorse the agreement and lift sanctions against Iran, Bachmann saw a major prophecy coming true.
Interviewed on Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times radio show this past weekend, Bachmann said, “All the nations of the world signed an agreement that slams the door against Israel and opened it up to enriching and empowering the leading state sponsor of terror in the world whose ultimate goal is the annihilation of the Jewish State.”
Radio host Markell responded, “That is Zechariah 12:3, folks. That has been predicted for lots and lots of years.”
Speaking with the cadence of a preacher, Bachmann continued, “From a Biblical perspective, the Lord has allowed us to see how He is using politics, He’s using leaders, He’s using politicians, He’s using foreign policy in that to bring about where we are today.”
She further suggested that Christians should be very excited about the possibility that Congress will approve the agreement. That, she claimed, would be a further sign that the End of Days is upon us.
“I am really actually extremely excited because I think that we’re about to see if we believers act in concert, I believe that we can see the strong right arm of a holy God show to the world and prove to the world His power and His strength.”
There are similar teachings in Judaism that echo the theme found in Zechariah 12:3.
In Zechariah 14:2, it is written, “And I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to wage war.” In his book The Ishmaelite Exile, Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman quotes the Zohar, Judaism’s fundamental mystical text, which elaborates on the prophecy of Zechariah 14:2.
The Zohar states, “In the days of the Messiah, the descendents of Ishmael [the Arab nations] will come with all the nations of the world to fight for Jerusalem.” The unanimous vote of the UN Security Council on July 20 can be seen as fitting the description of the nations of the world uniting with the descendents of Ishmael.
As for the central role of Jerusalem at the End of Days, Rabbi Weitzman writes, “Jerusalem of the twenty-first century has become ‘the eye of the storm,’ the city the nations of the world demand be made an international – or at the very least, a binational – city. It is a city rocked by cries of anguish because of murderous suicide bombers. It cries over its children who are killed and wounded and who moan in grief.”
Credit to Breaking Israel News
“And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom [for slaves] throughout the land for all who live on it. It shall be a Jubilee for you, and you shall return, each man to his property, and you shall return, each man to his family.” (Leviticus 25:10)
The significance of the Yovel (Jubilee) year, the 50th year after seven repetitions of the seven-year shemittah cycle, holds vastly different meanings for Christians and for Jews. Today, in the absence of a fully-functioning supreme Jewish court, known as the Sanhedrin, the Jewish community in Israel neither marks nor observes the Jubilee year. According to Jewish tradition, the reestablishment of the Biblically-mandated Jubilee year is part of the messianic process.
In Judaism, it is a positive religious commandment “to sanctify the 50th year” (Leviticus 25:8). In actual practice, the Biblically-mandated requirement to observe the Jubilee year was disrupted when the 10 Tribes were exiled approximately 2,700 years ago. Prior to that time, the Jews were careful about counting the cycles leading to the Jubilee year. They observed all the Biblical requirements of the Jubilee year, including freeing slaves and returning property to its original owner.
A Jubilee year always follows a shemittah year and the agricultural laws of shemittah are observed in a Jubilee year. There is also a connection between the Jubilee year and the arrival of the Messiah.
Breaking Israel News previously reported a connection between the end of the current shemitah year and the arrival of the Messiah. It is possible to find Jewish scholarly opinions that claim the year 5776, the upcoming year in the Jewish calendar which begins at sundown on Sunday, September 13, 2015, is a Jubilee year. However, since the counting of Jubilee years has been disrupted, this opinion is far from universally acknowledged.
If it is a positive religious commandment with a clear Biblical source, what is the reason Jews do not currently mark the Jubilee year? According to rabbinic tradition, there are three conditions for the observance of the Jubilee year and none of them are completely fulfilled today.
First, the observance of the Jubilee year is dependent on the majority of the Jewish people living in the Land of Israel. Although demographers suggest that we are close, there is not currently a clear majority of the worldwide Jewish population living in Israel.
Second, the Jewish people must live in the Biblically-assigned portions of the Land of Israel according to their original tribe. Although the work of restoring the 10 Lost Tribes back into the body of the Jewish people continues as part of the Messianic process, all of the 10 Lost tribes have yet to be accounted for.
Third, there needs to be a fully-functionally Sanhedrin in Israel. Although there is a Sanhedrin in Israel, it is not universally accepted and does not have the full complement of 71 judges.
In the absence of the majority of the Jewish people living in the Land of Israel in their tribal lands under the leadership of a Sanhedrin, the Jubilee year has no practical significance in Jewish observance today. The universally accepted declaration of the next Jubilee year waits for the Messiah’s arrival.
Credit to Breaking Israel News
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/46741/messiah-jewish-jubilee-redemption-jewish-world/#whcZsUFbubHFSmpB.99
If you don’t know El Niño now, you will soon.
The waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean are heating up, scientists say, building towards a strong El Niño event that could rival the intensity of the record 1997 event that wreaked weather-related havoc across the globe, from mudslides in California to fires in Australia.
According to the latest forecast released Thursday by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, this year’s El Niño is “significant and strengthening.”
“There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 85% chance it will last into early spring 2016,” the NOAA said in a statement.
Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, told the Los Angeles Times that it had the potential to be the “Godzilla El Niño.”
The weather phenomenon largely became a part of the public vernacular during the 1997 El Niño. It caused devastating flooding in the western U.S. and drought in Indonesia. It was blamed for deadly virus outbreaks in Africa and rising coffee prices around the world.
But what is El Niño, and what impact will it have this time around? Let us explain.
What is El Niño and what causes one?
El Niño is a warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean, mainly along the Equator — see the thick red belt in the satellite photo, which indicates waters that are warmer than normal.
These warmer waters are normally confined to the western Pacific by winds that blow from east to west, pushing the warmer water toward Indonesia and Australia.
But during an El Niño, the winds slow down and can even reverse direction, allowing the warmer water to spread eastward all the way to South America.
El Niños occur every two to seven years in varying intensity, and the waters of the eastern Pacific can be up to 4 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than usual.
What happens when there’s an El Niño?
A strong El Niño heats up the atmosphere and changes circulation patterns around the globe, especially the jet stream over the Pacific, which becomes stronger and dumps more frequent and intense storms over the western U.S., especially California. It also means more rain for the west coast of South America.
But the atmosphere is somewhat of a zero-sum game. More rain in North and South America comes at the expense of normally rainy Southern Asia and Australia, which become abnormally dry and experience droughts.
A strong El Niño also influences cyclone seasons around the planet. The warmer the East Pacific is, the more hurricanes it gets. The Atlantic Ocean sees fewer hurricanes, however, a result of increased upper level winds that prevent hurricanes from developing, which is why officials are predicting a calm 2015 hurricane season in the U.S.
The Western Pacific, on the other hand, tends to see more and stronger typhoons, which may explain why there have already been 5 super typhoons there in 2015. Normally there’s only one by this point in the year.
The weather isn’t the only thing that’s affected. Warmer surface waters in the eastern Pacific drive away the coldwater fish that are the backbone of the fishing industry in much of Latin America. It was here that the phenomenon was first noticed by fishermen, who named it “El Niño” — meaning “little boy” or “Christ child” in Spanish — since it would often appear around Christmas.
Will this El Niño be worse than 1997?